The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State chapter has said it would petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), if former governor Ayodele Fayose does not explain what he did with N400million earmarked for Akure-Ado-Ekiti road.
The party made the threat in reaction to comments made by the immediate past governor of the state lamenting the deplorable state of the road.
Fayose had last Wednesday described the interstate road linking Ondo State capital Akure and Ekiti State capital Ado-Ekiti has turned to a death trap.
However, the APC, not taking kindly to the comment wants him to explain why he terminated the reconstruction of Ekiti portion of the road and chased away workers of KOPEC Construction Company, who were handling the project without a justifiable reason.
The party alleged that the former governor during his first term misappropriated the N400 million earmarked for the project.
Responding, Fayose cautioned the party not to constitute itself into a court of law or an anti-graft agency that would be judging people on the issue of alleged corruption, and urged it to petition the EFCC if it had evidence against him.
Addressing newsmen in Ado- Ekiti on Tuesday, the APC Publicity Secretary in the State, Mr. Ade Ajayi, said the party would petition the EFCC if Fayose failed to give a satisfactory explanation about the money.
“We are not accusing former governor Fayose of embezzlement, but he must explain why he terminated the Ado-Akure road contract. The public want to know whether he terminated that contract for the construction of Afao road, because the Ado-Akure road is very germane to our economy in Ekiti.
“The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Federal Government had shown interest to reconstruct the road. Why was the former governor now lamenting? We were able to decode that he had ulterior motive, which was to dent the image of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
“When we asked him about how he spent the money, he dodged the question and we were baffled, because we expected him to say the truth. All Ekiti and the public knew that Fayose was responsible for the bad state of the road by revoking the contract after the contractor had mobilised to site.
“Why would a person who was responsible for the deplorable state of the road now be lamenting? We are baffled over this. He should tell us where the money went, rather than lamenting. Our people must be careful with the politics he is playing.
“This Fayose that was lamenting, spent N17 billion on a flyover that is not necessary. It could have been better if such money was spent on roads across the state.
“Governor Fayemi has re-awarded Oye-Ayede-Otun, Ilupeju-Ire-Igbemo-Ijan and Ode-Isinbode-Omuo roads. He should bury his head in shame. Anytime he is in Ekiti, he should ruminate on his past and how he got it wrong.
“We want to warn that APC won’t tolerate any dirty politics from him, Ajayi stated.